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    StephenM is offline Net Builder
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    This is the great debate on the Internets best forum software. Personally I believe IP.Board to be the best paid community software available on the market today. I'm going to explain to you why shortly, but I want you to either agree that it's the best, and add some reasons, or disagree why it's the best and attempt to refute my points in a mature and civilized manner.



    IP.Board is simply the best because of the support and additional software they are able to offer with it. Having just a forum won't cut it in the internet world today, anyone can do that. What's need to make a great successful community is more than just user interaction between each other via text in messages. IP.Board offers a slew of solutions to fill the void, and at a very affordable price for the highest quality. The gallery software is fantastic for communities centered around images and media. The IP.Content application is hands down the best CMS software available for any forum software. IP.Blogs gives the users the ability to have their own blog and create up to date entries with information that can easily be followed by their friends and forum visitors.



    Another reason I love IP.Board over other paid software is the modification community. While small, it has useful apps, and not all the garbage of other modification communities. When an app is created for IP.Board, it adds awesome functionality and not just some simple feature that isn't needed like automatically inserting 1 link in the footer.



    Those reasons above are why I feel that IP.Board is the best forum software around, what software do you think's the best and why?




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    betatime is offline Unknown Net Builder
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    I was a vbuletin fanboy and now I'm IPB all the way. If the vb4 fiasco hadn't happened I would have never seen how powerful IPB is. The code is the cleanest I've seen. vBulletin even in it's heyday didn't have code as good as IPB.

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    MadMikeyB is offline Newbie Net Builder
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    vBulletin 3.8 - with IP.Board 3.1 High on it's heels, by the time we're at IP.Board 3.8 - I think a clear winner will have emerged.

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    Lee Lawson is offline Newbie Net Builder
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    I use vBulletin 4 but you can just tell IP.Board is better in a way but they are both amazing software.

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    [quote name='Mikey' date='12 July 2010 - 10:27 PM' timestamp='1278995278' post='6513']

    vBulletin 3.8 - with IP.Board 3.1 High on it's heels, by the time we're at IP.Board 3.8 - I think a clear winner will have emerged.

    [/quote]

    I hate to break it to you but IPB has already surpassed VB in so many ways version numbers don't mean much.

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    Lee Lawson is offline Newbie Net Builder
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    Exactly what Vysse said but somehow the higher version number the better package you'll have, also as soon as phpBB4(Alpha) get's release I think some softwares will work on developing their 4.0 versions.

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    iJerick is offline Newbie Net Builder
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    I always want vBulletin and IPB!



    Those software is really Freak!

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    Lee Lawson is offline Newbie Net Builder
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    This article by BBC might put minds of off vBulletin - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10714192

    Yes this is bad i people are starting to find ways to manipulate and exploit the forum software but the way the vBulletin team re-acted and had this sorted in minutes.

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    el canadiano is offline Net Builder
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    vBulletin at best is a brand name at this point. By the time they added a rather buggy Facebook Connect, IPB improved its own implementation, had OpenID in 3.0, and added Twitter Connect (with a Windows Live Login option available as well). Then, IPB 3.1 implements built-in SEO, thus eliminating the need of a helpful but bloated vBSEO option. Then, with vBulletin's multiple price increases and then its ultimate hike last December (for the record, IPB has not had a price increase in the last three years), it's a no brainer who to pick.

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    [quote name='Lee Lawson/Woxle' timestamp='1279876014' post='18245']

    This article by BBC might put minds of off vBulletin - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10714192

    Yes this is bad i people are starting to find ways to manipulate and exploit the forum software but the way the vBulletin team re-acted and had this sorted in minutes.

    [/quote]



    It's because they rush stuff out the door to make money.



    That's why I don't use vB.

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